Punta Arenas City Tour Excursion Reviews

Discover the charm of Punta Arenas and its many different cultures on a city tour; the most beautiful view is from the highest point of this southernmost city in Chile, at "Cerro de la Cruz."
This tour took us around town and to two museums.
This tour took us around town and to two museums. The first museum was a Salesian museum featuring the history of the area centered around a missionary Catholic priest who helped the indigenous people of the area. There are stuffed ... Read More
This tour took us around town and to two museums. The first museum was a Salesian museum featuring the history of the area centered around a missionary Catholic priest who helped the indigenous people of the area. There are stuffed formerly live animals of the area such as condors, penguins, pelicans, etc. There were also Indian artifacts. The small gift shop near the entrance was great. . We didn't get to go shopping at Ushuaia. We bought some lovely jewelry and tee shirts there. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We took a city tour with GV Tours.
We took a city tour with GV Tours. They were at the port waiting to greet us. Our guide was very good, very knowledgeable. We went to the City Cemetery, Museo Salesiano, Plaza Munoz and finished with a very nice lunch. It was a group of ... Read More
We took a city tour with GV Tours. They were at the port waiting to greet us. Our guide was very good, very knowledgeable. We went to the City Cemetery, Museo Salesiano, Plaza Munoz and finished with a very nice lunch. It was a group of about 20 people and I actually liked it better than the ship tours. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Wet day and blustery.
Wet day and blustery. Good port. Museum was interesting and cultural museum more so. More time would have been useful
Wet day and blustery. Good port. Museum was interesting and cultural museum more so. More time would have been useful Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Not much to see, but they did their best.
Not much to see, but they did their best. Didn't see the cathedral, but did a dark museum. I liked the outdoor paddock with the colonial houses. A bit of a trudge across the grass, but the exhibits in the old houses were first
Not much to see, but they did their best. Didn't see the cathedral, but did a dark museum. I liked the outdoor paddock with the colonial houses. A bit of a trudge across the grass, but the exhibits in the old houses were first class. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line
Interesting little City with Square with Magellan statue.
Interesting little City with Square with Magellan statue. Perfect weather. No, really, the most perfect weather! Very windy of course, but made everything look great. Very hilly place but gorgeous views from the tops.
Interesting little City with Square with Magellan statue. Perfect weather. No, really, the most perfect weather! Very windy of course, but made everything look great. Very hilly place but gorgeous views from the tops. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Museum tours explains history and agriculture of the early settlers.
Museum tours explains history and agriculture of the early settlers.
Museum tours explains history and agriculture of the early settlers. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Overpriced.
Overpriced. Not the most exciting city I've ever been to!
Overpriced. Not the most exciting city I've ever been to! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Interesting and brief tour.
Interesting and brief tour.
Interesting and brief tour. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Not loads to see but what we did see was very interesting.
Not loads to see but what we did see was very interesting. We went to a couple of museum's and several points of interest to take photographs. The guide was very good and spoke good english
Not loads to see but what we did see was very interesting. We went to a couple of museum's and several points of interest to take photographs. The guide was very good and spoke good english Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
It was raining and we spent most time in the bus
It was raining and we spent most time in the bus
It was raining and we spent most time in the bus Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
We were supposed to head to the Otway Sound Penguin Colony, but by the beginning of March, all the ...
We were supposed to head to the Otway Sound Penguin Colony, but by the beginning of March, all the penguins had left. We were offered a city tour instead and trust me, you do not want to take a city tour of Punta Arenas. There is nothing ... Read More
We were supposed to head to the Otway Sound Penguin Colony, but by the beginning of March, all the penguins had left. We were offered a city tour instead and trust me, you do not want to take a city tour of Punta Arenas. There is nothing special to see, nor anything to do. Better off sleeping. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This was a tender port for our ship and the AM 10-minute journey was smooth sailing while the ...
This was a tender port for our ship and the AM 10-minute journey was smooth sailing while the afternoon return tender trip started with a 55-minute wait in line due to strong winds & high seas which made docking & loading the ... Read More
This was a tender port for our ship and the AM 10-minute journey was smooth sailing while the afternoon return tender trip started with a 55-minute wait in line due to strong winds & high seas which made docking & loading the tenders difficult and time consuming followed by a boat ride to the ship that could not be outdone by Disney World with seas splashing high over the bow. Our guide told us that this is common and the wind can blow much stronger on a regular basis. The city of Punta Arenas is attractive and well maintained with a typical town square surrounded by historic buildings that originally were residences and are now museums and commercial businesses. You don’t have an appreciation of good roads until your travels take you to places in South America where they are poor so it was surprising that the roads in Punta Arenas were among the best we have traveled in South America. There is not a lot to see in Punta Arenas but learning about the history of the square and the families who built the surrounding buildings is interesting. Punta Arenas also has a city cemetery filled with personal family mausoleums with expertly manicured grounds which is well worth a visit and rivals the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires where Evita Parone is buried.• On the Road Patagonia!- Micah(co-owner) as tour guide This is a new small private tour company that has created a fun tour combining a small group city tour with visits to small local food & beverage establishments. Even though They call the tour Gastronomic City Tour. Before the tour we were uncertain if Micha was male or female and did not know the nationality nor English language quality. Much to our delight Micha is a young American woman from Seattle who married a Chilean man who is a native of Punta Arenas. Micha is incredibly knowledgeable of the area and its history presenting the information in a concise easily understood manner. We had an informative walk around the square where she shared interesting nuggets of information followed by a visit to Kiosko Roca which is the #1 place to eat the famous choriqueso and leche con platano one of the most popular dishes in Punta Arenas. We then went to the cemetery which is every bit as beautiful & interesting as Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires. We then stopped at a local shop who specializes in making/selling calafate based sweet products and artisan chocolates where we enjoyed a complementary tasting. The calafate berry only grows in the Punta Arenas area in the wild and is similar to a blueberry and has 10X the antioxidants as the blueberry so they are attempting to figure out how to create an large scale production agricultural version which would be easier to grow and harvest. We stopped at several excellent picturesque view sites as we toured. Our final stop was a beer tasting at a micro brewery that was started by a husband & wife team in their garage. They now make three beer varieties in a very modern brewery with all the proper equipment to consistently duplicate their recipes and have been in business for 2-years. The wife gave us a tour of their operation focusing on their step-by-step brewing process which was interesting and concluded with a tasting and discussion of each of their three brews. This was an outstanding tour and the only one like it in Punta Arenas. We highly recommend this tour and if English is your primary language be sure to ask for Micha to be your guide. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
stopped to see monkeys, stopped at fruit stand, saw monster crocodiles from bridge, walked around ...
stopped to see monkeys, stopped at fruit stand, saw monster crocodiles from bridge, walked around grounds of a rain forest hotel
stopped to see monkeys, stopped at fruit stand, saw monster crocodiles from bridge, walked around grounds of a rain forest hotel Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
A few in our group went to Club Andino and did the zipline, which was great fun.
A few in our group went to Club Andino and did the zipline, which was great fun. It consisted of 8 stations. The excursion was quite inexpensive, $35 per person including transport and equipment and guide. The rest of the gang did a ... Read More
A few in our group went to Club Andino and did the zipline, which was great fun. It consisted of 8 stations. The excursion was quite inexpensive, $35 per person including transport and equipment and guide. The rest of the gang did a Princess shore excursion of city sights. Most were quite disappointed with this, and mainly due to the guide. The gentleman that was the guide was very monotone, and not informative. Fortunately it was a short excursion, so everyone was able to do some walking around on their own afterwards. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The City Drive Tour was OK - not much to see, and the guide was hard to understand.
The City Drive Tour was OK - not much to see, and the guide was hard to understand. The Mansion is under rennovation, and the simultaneous arrival of two busloads of tourists and a group of soldiers was overwhelming. Guide did not provide ... Read More
The City Drive Tour was OK - not much to see, and the guide was hard to understand. The Mansion is under rennovation, and the simultaneous arrival of two busloads of tourists and a group of soldiers was overwhelming. Guide did not provide much detail inside the mansion, and few of the displays had English translations. The stop at the Magellan monument/City Plaza was too long -- small numbers of vendors selling mostly the same stuff. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Nice combination tour.
Nice combination tour. We visited a museum of many small buildings. One was an apothacary (pharmacy), a tailor, a movie store, homes, garage, farm, kitchens and all were furnished with appropriate equipment from the 1930's or ... Read More
Nice combination tour. We visited a museum of many small buildings. One was an apothacary (pharmacy), a tailor, a movie store, homes, garage, farm, kitchens and all were furnished with appropriate equipment from the 1930's or earlier. Great poster in the tailor shop of London fashions and lots of old equipment outside. Then we walked a cemetary and marveled at the huge mausoleums and structures. After a wine tasting and Llama empanadas, we enjoyed a demonstration of sheep shearing and tour of a sheep farm. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line